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More Than 100 Attend CAIR-Orlando Meeting with City Officials

(ORLANDO, 8/31/2007) – The Orlando chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations CAIR-Orlando) today announced that more than 100 central Florida Muslims turned out for its meeting with City Commissioner Randy Jones and Sanford Police Chief Brian Tooley.

The meeting came after a recent controversy in which the commissioner made comments about U.S. mosques that some Muslims found offensive.

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SEE ALSO: CAIR-Orlando: FL Official ‘Regrets’ Mosque Comments

Commissioner Jones and Chief Tooley gave speeches and answered questions from an enthusiastic crowd. They spoke about the presence of mosques in residential neighborhoods and getting involved in local government, as well as services and volunteer/employment opportunities within the Sanford police department.

Commissioner Jones thanked CAIR for building a positive relationship with him leading up to the meeting.

The Commissioner and Police Chief sent a clear message that the City of Sanford is an inclusive city that welcomes participation from its Muslim residents and will respond quickly to the community’s concerns.

The local Muslim community asked questions that demonstrated to city officials that Central Florida Muslims are invested in their communities and support positive dialogue.

CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 33 offices, chapters and affiliates nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

CONTACT: CAIR-Orlando Executive Director Danette Zaghari-Mask, Tel: 407-649-1660, E-mail:


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